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RE: Social distancing

Arizona State Parks and Trails remains committed to providing safe outdoor recreation spaces for visitors to the parks. Over the past several days, we've made changes to our operations to address COVID-19 and the health and wellness of our staff, volunteers and visitors. Arizona State Parks and trails follows the guidance of the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). At this time, all events and group gatherings in the parks have been cancelled through May 8. Our historic parks are closed to the public, as are gift shops and visitor centers. Our trails and campgrounds are open. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure the parks, trails, and campgrounds are being used safely to allow people to enjoy the mental and physical benefits these spaces provide. Please follow the personal guidelines set by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the CDC: • Stay home if you are sick. • Wash your hands frequently. When soap and a sink are not available, please use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. • Prepare for limited access to buildings and group areas. • Avoid gatherings of 10 people or more. For RV travelers: • Clean surfaces inside your RV daily, including steering wheel, doorknobs, light switches, handles, and dash controls. • Wash, don't shake, dirty laundry. • Wash your hands often with soap and water. • Bring your own cleaning supplies. For hikers: • Stay home if you are sick. • Wash your hands before you go and carry hand sanitizer. • Maintain a six-foot distance from other people while on the trail. If the trail is too crowded, try a different location. • Bring your own water and don't share water bottles. • Pack out your own trash to protect park employees and other hikers. • Don't take unnecessary risks. Emergency responders may be limited.
Hank85713 03/25/20 09:48am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dolly Towing a 2020 Chevy Silverado

first the weight of truck will probably EXCEED the tow weight sassdigned to the hitch and vehicle. My 94 ranger weights in at approx 4000 lbs and it is much smaller than you chebby. Most rv's are maxed out tow wise to 5000 lbs, so what is your hitch and rv rated for? Then decide if you want a silverado or something smaller.
Hank85713 02/29/20 09:48am Dinghy Towing
RE: Issues with Tow/Haul mode

Tow haul usage is one of the big discussion points just like the question used to be on what oil is 'best'. Yes use it if the vehicle is struggling against the wind, going up a long hill etc, but it really does not enhance fuel econmy as it locks the transmission in the lower gears not the higher fuel efficient ones. Once again its just a big flag for discussions. My class B+ only gets it turned on to pull out of uphill starting points or when I think I need a lower gear to move on. It also gets turned on when HEADWINDS increase and make the trans search to maintain speed. Even in colorado with it turned on the engine runs out of gasa and speed will slow to 35-45 mph on pulls. Lotsa dead throttle also. One recommendation is to get a mikes 5 star tuner for the rig as it does make the engine more civilized when it shifts under load. I have been reading on the new hypertech react throttle optimizer. Havent ordered yet but plan to prior to summer travels. There is another outfit forget who which has come out with a throttle optimizer, but I do know hypertech does put out good products. As to one with key, that is not normal so yes maybe kalif had bugs put in to cause it??
Hank85713 02/21/20 08:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV for Central America Trip

one thing not discussed is the type of fuel to have. Mex gas is not the same as found here in the US. Many vehicles I believe us diesel down there. So you should plan to research fuel types and octane ratings available, carry a good supply of filters as I dont think there are autozones on the corners. We were in mex a month or so ago and a guy was crossing into the US to buy parts for his car, forget the brand but he said nothing available south of the border. So just something to think about. Also have some concern about travel in mex as there have been headlines that some target americans such as the family that was killed and the other that was attacked. I guess coordination with the police down there might be required?
Hank85713 01/26/20 08:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ford E450 window vent shades?

they do help particularly if only opened partially. Noise is noise and will get i no matter what. I have on all my trucks best for keeping rain out, agan partial opening.
Hank85713 01/08/20 04:59pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2nd to Wrangler what are the best toad options?

As one fellow posted earlier we tow a 13 hyundai elantra and I have the tow kit for my 94 ranger pickup. the hyundai is under 3000 lbs, has a nice wide track and reasonable length that is good for a towed vehicle. The ranger is set up for carrying our boat when the grandkids want to go camping and fishing! As to the best it all depends on what you want the vehicle for. jeeps are ok but not sure how much they weigh and in the few I have been in not overly comfortable but that is a personal objective. Both of my vehicle are manual transmissions, and that is what most folks DONT want. A guy we know bought a new diesel pusher and then bought a buick suv to tow, its automatic but i dont know if all are capable. So to answer what is best, again it all depends on what you want it for. We have take up to 300 mile rt in the elantra with passenger and no issues. Get good mpg and very easy to drive, park etc. ALso has good room in it and that is why we have it. Back seat lays down giving more cargo space so go a look around at what they have (auto co's) and make up your own mind as to WHAT IS BEST.
Hank85713 11/23/19 09:32am Dinghy Towing
RE: E-350 drivers seat replacement

maybe see if at a wrecking yard you can find something from a late model pickup or suv and get the electric base to measure if it will interchange and then check to see if the seat will attach to the frame. I did this with my ranger and got electric seats from an explorer. Wife wanted electric so did the seat replacement to the explorer change and it all fit. fitment to the floor is most important, the frame can be modified to accept the seat. Other option is try and find a van with electric seats. I want the same thing s I dont care for our seats but cannot find any info on which might interchange. We have the whatever steel seats and basically they suck. The only rv I saw with electric seats was by jayco in their melbourne from a few years back. Let us know if you get this figured out. I asked ford via cust service and never got a reply!
Hank85713 10/21/19 12:19pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1993 Ford E350 Tioga Class C

There is some stuff called "mechanic in a bottle", it does work but its like an oz for each gallon. As was said above find the fuel line and then fab up a small tank to run this stuff to get the gen working. Also said it can be used direct to open up the fuel ports etc. Got it at home depot for my portable gen that sits a lot.
Hank85713 10/07/19 04:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a preowned Class C

look at craigslist from all over the state. Bought ours off CL saved over 30K over a new one plus since private seller no sales taxes. It was a 12 model we bought in 13, 4000miles on it 25 gen hours. Just be sure to really look at whatever we drove from tucson to prescott to check it out 1st put a down payment to hold and then picked up 10 days later. They are out there just have to look, our is a winnebago aspect (B+) as I did not want a over cab sail since its just the 2 of us. Also will depend on how old you will go so do some looking all over 1st, then look at neighbor states, NM, colo,ut etc.
Hank85713 09/25/19 12:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Electric vehicles. Small diesel generator to charge??

Just read that Mazda is going to unveil an electric car with possibly a small ROTARY engine to run a generator, but not the car. Engine is to be small and LIGHT as it will feature almost all aluminum construction. This is to happen at tokyo motor show soon.
Hank85713 09/25/19 11:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with a value please! Looking to purchase...

the 7.3 while it was a good engine has many issues with it and will have some due to age. leaking bellows on the exhaust, might have a bad HPOP injectors could need R&R. Like you I searched for a diesel found a couple but the coachs were not suitable to the wife. So if ya can get a scanguage and take the rig for a good test drive with it installed (obd port) check for codes and anything else it shows. Actually you need to find someone with knowledge on the 7.3 to look over the eng/trans to help ya decide if its the deal you think it is. My BIL has had several but bought the infamous 6.0 and said he would never go back to the 7.3. Its only advantage performance wise was mileage was better. He made his living as a logger and has worn out a lot of vehicles I can remember his 6.5 and the later PSD's. Another issue with the 7.3 is cab and external engine NOISE so just be aware.
Hank85713 09/14/19 07:08pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Flat towing a Mini Cooper

when we bought our rv, the guy selling it was towing a cooper coachman I think (the station wagon type). Said it was not to be towed but that he was able to get the mounts for it from roadmaster. this was back in '13 so dont know about them since. We have a 13 hyundai elantra manual trans we tow. good room, rear seats fold 150hp direct injection engine. Good little car, tows well as it has a wide stance and adequate wheel base. weighs in around 2800 lbs. So if you want a small light car with some room this is my recommendation. I would advise against the smaller accent, versa and stuff like that as folks I know who own them (not towing) say they are greatly under powered and generally not very roomy. they are about same size as th fiat maybe a little bigger?
Hank85713 08/24/19 10:29am Dinghy Towing
RE: Dinghy Tow Car - Kia Soul

We have an elantra and if its like mine you better install a charge line or it will kill the battery. We found ours with a dead battery after towing to van horne tx, ended up having a friend help install a charge line and no problems since. Kia is owned by Hyundai much like to old ford mercury setup, just that kia spends more on tv ads to sell their cars!
Hank85713 08/10/19 10:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Tires For E450

I just this summer put 4 on the back of our rig. Got them from discount, the michelin had separated and was causing a thump. They were also cheaper than the michelens and had same load rating and mileage etc. They were Bridgestone Duelers. Put about 3000 miles on them already and they still doing good, no squirm or anything.
Hank85713 08/04/19 10:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 1999 fleetwood gas

Get a vehicle that meets YOUR needs. Do you need 4x4 or 4x2 ok? How old do you want at the max. Sure lotsa jeeps out there being towed but how many are actually needed for off road etc? Maybe a midsize will be more fitting, jeeps weigh what 4000+ most rv's have weight limit of 5K pull, some less. No I am not knocking jeeps but be realistic on your needs, just because some have them does not mean they will be your vehicle. Wife road in 1 as we looked said not comfortable at all! We tow a 2013 Hyundai Elantra, good wide wheel track, good wheel base and less than 3000lbs. It is however a manual trans so again know what ya want/need and go from there.
Hank85713 07/30/19 11:28am Dinghy Towing
RE: Handling/steering.

you dont indicate if you have rear airbags or if ya do what pressure is utilized. I would recommend new shocks, install airbags if not there and then set tire air pressure to maybe 65 front and 70 or so in rears. My unit would do same thing so played with air shock settings (use around 60psi) and tire pressures as noted. Made a big difference. Am going to replace shocks all around with monroe gas-matics and do brake job at same time. Just havent gotten around to doing it since being back home from our trip.
Hank85713 07/29/19 10:54am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2017 Thor Chateau 26B

guy I know bought 1, traded it in within 6 months. We found shoddy construction for drawers around sink (1 support broke when he drove down here from idaho) drawer sagged had to open close, couch near door had broken arm support, a lot of other things. His wife did not like the folding bed as it could not be used with slide in, very small bath. This was a brand new unit!
Hank85713 07/27/19 11:27am Class C Motorhomes
RE: What to compare in Class Cs

Since you are tairler wise, for a c you need to apply the same basic thoughts as for the trailer. The floor plan you want, although many limit you to similar fp's. Storage for most c's is an issue as they do not generally have a lot. some of the longer ones may but the main 24-28's are pretty limited. Our B+ winnebago has decent but not a whole lot. mainly some drawers under the sink, a couple slide out under the dinette be overhead storage in rear along with 3 small closets, a small pantry area and a similar size in the bath room. The over head beds in conventional c's offer extra space but they also add to some problems and may offer some issues with fuel mileage due to being a square brick up front. So yes they are something to really look at. Some outside storage bays are pretty small, some offer a large trunk area but they are behind the rear axle and they may also cause some issues just like overloading the rear of a trailer. We looked at quite a few before our purchase and all exhibited some issues relating to storage. Wife liked a jayco with the bunk beds in a slide at rear, dont know if still available or not. Also she liked the melbourne from a few years ago. I did too for the cab area (elec seats etc) So basically its a search to find what you think will be adequate for your needs.
Hank85713 07/25/19 03:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C rear end sag and banging!

look at craigslist for dal/ftw and other local areas. I saw some parts vans there with mainly frame and suspension parts. Might require a road trip on your part but...............
Hank85713 07/20/19 10:42am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Recommendations for House Battery Brand, Please

i got maint free batterys at sears 2 for coach and have not had any issues plus dont have to worry about putting ater in them. Got a maint free battery for the chassis from autozone again no servicing issue. They are $$ but well worth it.
Hank85713 07/16/19 06:00pm Class C Motorhomes
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